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LCBO Procurement and Contract Management

The LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) is an Ontario government enterprise and one of the world’s largest buyers and retailers of beverage alcohol. The LCBO Procurement & Contract Management department is responsible for the procurement of Goods and Services (Not for Resale). Effective procurement is a critical support function for public institutions as they must responsibly manage public funds. The LCBO’s procurement process conforms to the following principles:

  • Achieving best value for LCBO for the expenditure of public funds through consideration of the full range of procurement formats and the adoption of commercially reasonable business practices;
  • Open, fair and transparent procurement that affords equal access to all qualified suppliers;
  • Compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, by-laws, policies, Management Board of Cabinet directives, and trade treaties;
  • Reciprocal non-discrimination and geographic neutrality with respect to Ontario’s trading partners and avoidance of preferences for local suppliers;
  • Effective balance between accountability and efficiency; and
  • Ensuring adherence to the highest standards of ethical conduct.

Exceptions:

  • Beverage alcohol;
  • Goods intended for resale in LCBO’s retail stores;
  • Real estate;
  • Legal services;
  • Advertising;

The LCBO must use an electronic tendering system to advertise any procurements of goods valued at $25,000 or more and services valued at $100,000 or more. The LCBO uses Biddingo as their designated electronic tendering system.

Supplier Code of Business Conduct

The LCBO expects all suppliers to adhere to the LCBO’s Supplier Code of Business Conduct (“Supplier Code”), which is available at The Supplier Code of Business Conduct. The Supplier Code sets out principles applicable to all suppliers (including both suppliers of beverage alcohol products and suppliers of non-alcohol goods or services) that wish to establish and maintain a business relationship with the LCBO.

Technology and Innovation - Special Notice

The LCBO's Information Technology division is interested in obtaining information on the latest technology and/or innovations in the following areas:

  • Touch screen kiosk and/or video wall for head office and retail stores
  • Internet of things (IOT) which enables store, office, or warehouse objects to collect and exchange data
  • Drone technology
  • Package tracking
  • Near field communication (NFC), Beacons
  • Mobile app and software testing automation
  • Secured mobile device charging station
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) and Software as a Service (SAAS)
  • Retail in-store analytics
  • Virtual customer service consultant
  • Mobile POS and customer experiences
  • Smart shelf and digital price tags

The objective is to gather information from the market with a view to later procurement. Suppliers interested in submitting information on the goods/services listed above please email using the subject Technology and Innovation to the address in the Contact Us section of this page.

Contact Us:
LCBO Procurement & Contract Management
1 Yonge Street
Suite 1404
Toronto, Ontario
M5E 1E5
Email: purchasing.dept@lcbo.com

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